Concurrent with atmospheric warming glaciers around the world are rapidly retreating. Glacier decline has direct consequences for global sea level, river runoff, hazards, and landscape evolution, which in turn can impact human livelihoods, cultural values and ecosystems. This talk will discuss the state of glaciers worldwide, future glacier projections and the physical and human implications of glacier decline.
Regine Hock is a professor at the Department of Geosciences who recently transferred from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her research is focused on assessing and modeling glacier mass changes on local to global scales and their impact on sea level and runoff.